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November 10, 2017

A Winter Party – Invitations

By Lindsay Goranson

I’m tickled pink to be entertaining with you on December 8th. We have so much to do! This week we’ll select our official party color scheme, guest list and get those invitations in the mail.

The Guests
Just like fine spirits in a delicious cocktail, your guest list is the most important ingredient to a dazzling party. Be a bit daring. Invite someone interesting you’ve recently met, or include someone visiting from out of town. But always invite only people you really want to entertain at your home.

It’s tempting to throw a firecracker in the mix, but if you do, be prepared for some fireworks!

The Event Space
First, take a look around the space you will be entertaining in and decide how many guests you can comfortably host. Add up the number of seats; folding chairs, couches, etc. Imagine your guests in the space. It’s fine to expect that a very small handful of people may prefer to stand, or arrive late, or step outside, but don’t plan for half your party to remain on their feet. Especially if you ask them to don their finest dress! I anticipate there will be 3 guests standing for every 10. Add those to your seating capacity. Write that number down.

Now, it is inevitable, especially during the holiday season, that you will receive some regrets. Anticipate that one quarter of your invited guests will not be able to attend. Multiply your above number by 1.25.

This is your magic number. Stick to it as best you can. Of course you need to be flexible, but this is the foundation of all of the party math we’ll do for our menu.

(SEATING CAPACITY + (3 for every 10)) x 1.25 = YOUR MAGIC NUMBER

The Theme
The Winter Fête? A Holiday Soirée? In the end, simplicity won out and our theme has been kind enough to create itself: A Winter Party. Sweet. Simple. And it looks lovely on a card.

The Colors
Red and green are always a trusty standard in holiday decorating and nothing to shy away from! But two of the other color combinations that got some stage time mid-century (and I find vastly more exciting) were blue/white and pink/gray. I think blue and white is a heavenly choice for A Winter Party! It makes me think of a winter sky and snowflakes. Snowflakes! That’s just the ticket for invitations.

The Invitations
In proper mid-century style, our invitations should go out anywhere between 2-4 weeks prior to the event. Evite? Paperless Post? Facebook Event? Email? A good old fashioned phone call? Today we have an infinite number of invitation options. Although, I say skip all of those conveniences when sending out your initial invitations. Although it’s likely you’ll receive your RSVP’s via phone or email, there is very little as delightful or as mid-century as receiving a party notice in the mail.

Invitations to A Winter Party:

What you’ll need:
Blank cards (or heavy paper stock)
Colorful squares of paper
Scissors
A glue stick
A nice marker

Outside Text:
A Winter Party
Dec. 8th, 2017

Inside Text:
You Are Invited
To
(Address)
From
(Hours)
In Your Finest Winter Attire
For
Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
Please RSVP
(Phone Number)

I had everything on hand to make my invitations myself: a stack of blank cards I purchased for a song at Joanne Fabric, a tower of not-sticky notes in every color, and all the scissors, glue, and markers a girl could ever dream of. It’s as simple as cutting yourself an old-school snowflake, a little glue stick magic, and some patience with a marker. And ta-da! Invitations!

Now, pull out your address book and get those babies in the snail mail. Next week we’ll do some calculating and get our menu together. What’s your favorite winter treat to share with friends? What will you be serving at your winter party? What would you like to see me serve at mine?

 

 

 

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6 Responses to A Winter Party – Invitations

  1. Sara In AZ Reply

    November 10, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Those invitations are beautiful Lindsay, LOVE the snowflake idea…totally going to copy that!

    • Lindsay Goranson Reply

      November 11, 2017 at 8:45 am

      You’re sweet, Sara! I’d love to see pictures if you do,

  2. MidModMichelle Reply

    November 13, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    PARTY MATH!!! Genius! Who knew?! Also, your invitations look amazing!

    • Lindsay Goranson Reply

      November 16, 2017 at 10:44 am

      Thank you, MidModMichelle! Party Math is the best math! 🙂

  3. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    November 13, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Yes! Good old fashioned in-the-mail invites! I’m so pained by this generation’s virtual email party invitations. They take all of the pizzazz out of the whole thing for me.

    • Lindsay Goranson Reply

      November 16, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Ugh, I couldn’t agree more! I love getting mail. And I find that it makes your guests feel like they have been thoughtfully selected (because they have been!). I always hate getting a virtual invitation that has 974 guests invited. I rarely make it to those events…

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